Wealth in the Bible

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Category: Deuteronomy

Setting Aside a Tenth

Deuteronomy 26:12 – ‘When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.’

Whether or not you tithe as a Christian, chances are you’re familiar with the tithe.  This involves setting aside a tenth of your income. God used this practice to provide for those who couldn’t provide for themselves.

Perhaps they were a foreigner and so not able to gain work or were just new to the area. Perhaps they dedicated their waking hours to serving God and so didn’t earn a wage.  Perhaps they were provided for by a husband or father and he is now gone.

Setting Aside a Tenth: Plan to Give

Setting Aside a Tenth: Plan to Give

Setting Aside a Tenth

As wealthy Christians, we too can provide for these people and others in need. If you don’t already, make the habit of setting aside a tenth of your income. Hopefully you already set aside as much for saving! Now set aside an amount to invest in helping those who aren’t so fortunate as to have an income or someone to provide for them.

It’s between you and God whom you set aside this amount for. Perhaps there is a particular cause (or causes) you feel passionate about. Maybe there’s someone in your church or down the road from you that God has put on your heart. Whoever it is, rest in the fact that you have put aside for them and that you are more than able to bless them because God has blessed you.

Financial tip – meal plan; organising what you will cook each week or month will help you to utilise what you have bought, rather than leave food unused in cupboards and buy other things.

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Leave It

Deuteronomy 24:19 – ‘When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back and get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.’

If taken literally, then this verse may not be so applicable today. Most of us don’t grow crops or harvest fields. So how can we ‘leave it’ for the foreigners amongst us, or the fatherless and the widow?

This was God’s way of providing for those in need who couldn’t provide for themselves. Likewise, we can do so today with what we don’t need. With our finances, we can put aside some money that can be left for those in need. We can ‘leave it’ with a charity or someone we have noticed in need.

Likewise, when we come across resources that we have an abundance of or no longer any use for, then we can leave it. Leave it at an opportunity shop for someone else to benefit from. Leave it at a local resource centre that provides to those in need. Leave it on the doorstep of the struggling single mother down the road. Leave it in the letterbox for the widow who has no family to look after her.

Leave It: Set Aside Finances for those in Need

Leave It: Set Aside Finances for those in Need

It should be possible as wealthy Christians to plan to ‘leave it’. We can set aside in our weekly, fortnightly or monthly budget. We can determine a set amount or percentage that we leave for those in need. It is then up to you to determine where you would like to leave those funds so that they can be used for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.

Wealth tip – unsure where your money goes? Make a money diary for a month or two listing every cent spent. Cut out unnecessary spending!

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Return His Cloak

Deuteronomy 24:10 – 13 – ‘When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbour, do not go into his house to get what he is offering as a pledge. Stay outside and let the man to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you. If the man is poor, do not go to sleep with his pledge in your possession. Return his cloak to him by sunset so that he may sleep in it. Then he will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the Lord your God.’

Generally it is people in need who require a loan.  Some of them take the loan to improve upon their wealth. Others do it because they have next to nothing.  With a loan they can buy what is needed for themselves and their family.

Return His Cloak: Follow God's Word

Return His Cloak: Follow God’s Word

If you are providing a loan to someone in need, consider what you require of them in return. Perhaps it is best as a Christian if you require nothing! Do not give, expecting it back or knowing that you cannot afford to lose it. Give with the mentality that you’re blessing someone and that is enough.

When you give to someone, they may wish to provide you with a pledge in return. As a sign of their honour, they are providing something to you of their own. When they reimburse you, then they can receive their pledge back.

Return His Cloak

If the item that is pledged is required for the person to stay warm or earn a wage, return it!  Do not keep it overnight.  Return his cloak, knowing your neighbour’s intention to pay you back what you have loaned them.  This is seen as righteous in God’s eyes if you do it.

Wealth tip – consider splitting your budget into the areas of tithes/offerings, living expenses and saving.

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Save

Supply Him Liberally

Deuteronomy 15: 14 – ‘Supply him liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you.’

Read through verses 12 – 14. God is instructing his people to utilise slaves for six years, but on the seventh year to grant them freedom. Further to this, He instructs them to bless the person liberally.

Have you ever had someone let you off the hook? They’ve granted you freedom in forgiveness or indicated that you don’t need to pay back a debt? Did you feel grateful? What if they went that one step further?

Supply Him Liberally: only Measure Your Giving by God's Standards

Supply Him Liberally: only Measure Your Giving by God’s Standards

What if your debt was cancelled and they gave you resources to get on your feet again? God did this for us! He also instructs us to do this for others. As wealthy Christians, we should be looking for opportunities to give without expecting in return.

If someone approaches you for a loan, and it’s within your means – provide it. Further to this, supply him liberally. On top of the loan they have requested of you, provide them with even more than they asked for. Don’t do this without thought – consider what finances, resources or contacts could really help this person to get ahead and in time become a wealthy Christian if following Godly principles.

As you follow God’s prompting to provide for those in need, they can be built up to do the same thing. Wealthy Christians should provide generously to those in need. It isn’t possible to help everyone – and some who ask are taking advantage – but with God’s guidance it is possible to invest in His kingdom and potentially help others to develop and do the same in time. Supply him liberally.

Wealth tip – God is the provider and overseer of our finances; He will provide what we need and more if we are willing to invest it for Him.

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Give Generously

Deuteronomy 15: 10 – ‘Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.’

Read through verses 7 – 11. Perhaps you may find it overwhelming; the idea of there always being poor people. There will always be people in need. In fact, perhaps at times you are one of these people.

This should as a wealthy Christian, provide you with a sense of purpose. If there are always people in need, then surely you can identify some of these and help them? If not, pray that God would open your eyes. He is only too willing to prompt you to give to those in need.

Give Generously God's Word Says

Give Generously God’s Word Says

God’s word indicates that we should give generously. We shouldn’t feel obliged, but rather we should recognise it as our privilege to do so if we are in such a position!

We should also feel excited about these opportunities. Why? Because God promises to bless the generous giver! In what way? In all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

That promise excites me! I have already been blessed with so much from God, but if I use some of this blessing to provide for others in need, then God promises so much more! Would you like success in everything you put your hand to? I sure would! Well this can happen, if you give generously.

As a wealthy Christian, set yourself a goal of giving generously of yourself each day. Again, this can be in the form of kind words, a smile, finances, physical resources, food or even your time. Be excited about opportunities to give generously. Look forward to God’s blessings when you do this.

Financial tip – don’t shy away from second hand. Many things you need don’t have to be brand new. You can save a lot of money if you’re willing to purchase something previously loved by another: a fridge, car, lounge suite, etc.

God Gives Wealth

Deuteronomy 8:17 – 18 – ‘You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, ad so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.’

God gives wealth. It is so easy for us to look at what we may have accumulated on this Earth and credit ourselves. After all, we worked hard, saved diligently and invested wisely. Surely that was all of our own doing!

God gives wealth.  Don't forget this!

God gives wealth. Don’t forget this!

God gives wealth. God gives us skills. God gives us opportunities. God gives us wealth. Yes we have to act, yes we have to hone skills; yes we have to work. But at the end of the day, it is through working in obedience to God’s direction and provision that we are blessed to earn and receive wealth.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your good fortune has come by your own means. Don’t believe that it has nothing to do with God and everything to do with your own capabilities. God made you as you are, so any capabilities you have are to His credit. Any wealth that you acquire should be used for His glory.

Even if God blesses us with skills, opportunities and wealth, this doesn’t mean we should be idle. It is our duty to protect and develop what He has blessed us with. Work to improve your skills – and add to them! Learn to recognise opportunities and to jump on them. Save and invest your wealth in places where it is likely to make the best impact for God’s kingdom. Above all, don’t forget: God gives wealth.

Financial tip – research residual income options; there are many avenues where you can put in the work once, but gain the rewards many times over.

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